Traditional Christmas Dinners 

Families and friends all over the world will get together for the holiday season.  They will observe their family traditions.  Most families have their own traditional way of celebrating the holidays and they follow this tradition year after year.  There are very few universal Christmas traditions and there is nothing wrong with this. 

There are some items that people in America consider traditional holiday foods.  You would have a hard time with many families trying to change the traditional cooking of the holiday foods.  Actually, the traditional holiday foods are largely traditional in specific regions and not to the entire United States. 

For many families the Christmas dinner is either turkey or ham or both.  Other families do not have either.  It is tradition for some families to serve lasagna for Christmas.  Sometimes this is served as the Christmas Eve meal.  Whether the lasagna is served on Christmas Eve or Christmas day it is a delicious tradition at any time.  There is no such thing as a right or wrong Christmas traditional meal.  Whatever tradition works well for you and your family is great.  However, if you want to change a long-standing tradition for a large extended family you should discuss it with everyone involved first.  It is your tradition and you should feel free to make it your own.  You just don’t want to disappoint someone by changing the traditional meal without discussing it with them first.   

There is something comforting and reminiscent of home when the traditions are followed year after year.  If you are planning to change some of the traditions for the first time this year be sure to hold on to some of your old traditions.  You may find it just doesn’t feel like Christmas without following some of the old traditions.  You don’t want to find out too late that ignoring the family traditions makes you feel like you have missed out on the spirit of Christmas. 

When it comes to Christmas dinners in the United States there are many traditional favorite foods.  Some of these favorite traditional foods include: deviled eggs, sweet potato casseroles, stuffing or dressing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie, apple pie, mince meat pie, pecan pie, and of course there are regional favorites depending on where you live.  These might include things such as key lime pie, lemon icebox pie, oyster dressing, macaroni and cheese, sauerkraut and kielbasa and deep-fried turkey. If one of these foods is a tradition for you, then you will think of home or Christmas no matter where you are in the world whenever you come across this food.  It’s amazing how this happens, but it’s also nice when family and friends are far away and something as simple as a dish of food makes them seem much closer. 

Christmas traditions are great.  We pass them along to our children and perhaps someday when they are far away they will find they are a little less alone because a stranger near them is eating macaroni and cheese or having pumpkin pie. Christmas traditions are something special that can be shared with family and friends.  If you don’t have any Christmas traditions it is time to develop a few so you and your family and friends can enjoy and cherish the memories you will make.